Update: 4th of July Firework Safety

Corrected Non-Emergency Number

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Everyone looks forward to 4th of July fireworks, but the Corpus Christi Fire and Police Departments want to remind citizens about safety and City ordinances before starting holiday events.

It is illegal to set off fireworks inside or within 5,000 feet of the City Limits. Violators will have their fireworks seized and could be issued a fine up to $2,000 for each open package of fireworks. If anyone wishes to report the illegal discharge of fireworks, call the non-emergency number at (361) 886-2600. Do not call 911 for firework complaints.

According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report, in 2015, there were 11,900 injuries from fireworks. The City wants to keep everyone safe and an easy way to do this is by watching the free fireworks show on the Bayfront during the Mayor’s 4th of July Big Bang Celebration.

Fireworks Facts

  • The use of all fireworks inside the City is illegal. This includes the beach. Fireworks must be in the trunk of the car or behind the last row of seats when being transported.

  • Violators could face a citation of up to $2,000 per package of fireworks.

  • Every year fireworks users suffer blindness, deafness, loss of hands, fingers and other serious injuries and burns.

  • Sparklers burn at over 1,200 degrees, which can cause third-degree burns.

If You Plan to use Fireworks

  • Have land owner’s permission.

  • Make sure you are at least 5,000 feet outside of the City limits.

  • Children should be supervised by adults.

  • Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, as they may still be active.

  • Have some sort of extinguishing method nearby.

For more information contact Captain James Brown at (361) 826-8423 or Jamesb@cctexas.com.